In Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), Man Energy Solutions, a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen, has been in turmoil since the summer. The major shareholder is preparing to restructure the site and eliminate seventy-six jobs with 650? It could even stop the production of PA4-200 engines equipped by French nuclear submarines Barracuda (1).
A reminder of Bruno Le Maire
“Since 2019, we have been warning various French ministries of this threat,” points out Richard David, a representative of the CGT union.
On Tuesday, January 12, the economy minister handed out a letter to the German group reminding it of its industrial commitments in France. “Volkswagen is required to maintain defense activities and related industrial capabilities on national territory,” Bruno Le Maire warned.
Under a military contract, an industrial manufacturer is required to supply spare parts for thirty years, or “The team dedicated to this Pielstick engine is getting smaller and smaller,” notes the Nazarene trade unionist. ?
Without a response from Volkswagen’s management, the state could demand the sale of the company for strategic reasons. Instead of stopping production, employees are hoping “The arrival of a private or public buyer who maintains this historic activity.”
The Man Energy Solutions factory achieved a positive result for 2020. It produces about fifty outstanding engines each year, including one to two for submarines. Others equip French nuclear power plants and power plants in Africa or on certain islands.
(1) Approximately thirty of these engines have been sold in the last ten years.